- The UK government is considering a plan to use nets to prevent migrant boats from coming to the UK to seek asylum.
- Dan O’Mahony, a clerk tasked with restricting people crossing the canal to seek asylum, said officials were considering a plan to use nets to plug propellers and stop small boats carrying migrants.
- “It’s something like that, yes,” O’Mahony told the Telegraph. “So, safely deactivate the engine and then board the migrants aboard our ship.”
- The proposal comes as a record number of asylum seekers try to cross the Channel from France to England
- Other proposals for the interior office, most of which were rejected, included one to install boats with wave-generating pumps, an idea that was rejected at the risk of smaller boats capsizing.
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The UK government is considering a plan to use nets to prevent migrant boats from coming to the UK to seek asylum.
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“It’s something like that, yes,” O’Mahony told the Sunday Telegraph. “So, safely deactivate the engine and then board the migrants aboard our ship.”
The proposal comes as a record number of asylum seekers try to cross the Channel from France to England, with 7,000 people arriving in the UK in small boats this year, according to an analysis by PA Media.
Interior Minister Priti Patel said in August that the number of people passing by was “appalling and unacceptably high” and was working to make the route “unviable”.
O’Mahony said the net plan was one of several “we can implement in the next few months,” but declined to specify which others are under consideration.
He added: “We are definitely very, very close to being able to apply safe return tactics when we make a safe intervention on a migrant ship, put migrants on board our ship and then return them to France.”
Other proposals for a “blue sky” that have been circulating in the press in recent weeks have included one to install boats with wave-generating pumps, an idea that was rejected at the risk of smaller boats capsizing.
Officials also considered whether it was possible to connect a number of small boats to create a physical barrier to deter migrants, as well as a plan to accommodate asylum-seekers on Ascension Island, which is more than 5,000 miles from the United Nations. kingdom in the South Atlantic.
Downing Street did not deny that the Ascension Island plan had been discussed, but quoted the original Financial Times report as saying it had been rejected as inoperable.
The idea, which has received the most traction and is said to have been seriously considered by the Interior Ministry, is to keep migrants on unused ferries off the coast.
A source told the Sun last week: “There is a real determination to tackle this problem and things are moving forward now. The ferry plan is on. This is happening.”
Last week, Labor Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds criticized the initial expired plans, writing on Twitter: “This is a bad example of how the deteriorating environment was created by the Tories. The Windrush review was condemning the inhumane culture they created in the Ministry. of the interior. They have learned nothing. “